Kicking the habit, Changing the game

Life Skills Matter

At 15 years old, Simphiwe had dropped out of school and was abusing dagga (marijuana) and alcohol. He joined the IYDSF out-of-school sports programme, where he participated in soccer and cricket. Simpiwe attended the programme every day – he loved the 5-aside soccer. In the beginning, he displayed negative behaviour, he was not a very compliant team player – he never passed the ball, that was for other people!

Through the programme, he learned to work as part of a team and came to understand the team nature of the sport. This changed something inside him.

These days Simpiwe is a game changer champion, coordinating sports programmes within the community. He is a project manager for the Rural Development Trust. His day now involves taking the programme into schools and providing after-school sports programmes. He also represents Prudhoe community as a first-team soccer player.

Teamwork is a big part of the life skills components. Concepts such as determination, focus, and hard work are recognised as important components.

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